The mission of the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler is to explore academic knowledge through intentional art experiences. Our richly diverse community collaborates and celebrates the world through meaningful learning and creative self-expression as we prepare students for success in the 21st Century.
The Integrated Arts Academy is Burlington’s only K-5 Public School where students learn through the lens of the four art forms: movement, drama, music, and visual arts. In partnership with The Flynn Center for Performing Arts, St. Michael’s College, Burlington City Arts, Champlain College, and the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Integrated Arts Academy uses music, dance, movement, theater and visual arts to help children learn core subjects.
At I.A.A. students may use movement to explore the wonders of the rain forest, or use theater to re-enact the struggle of the civil rights movement, or use visual art to express their understanding of poetry. Community arts partners like Very Merry Theatre Company and the Fleming Museum provide creative opportunities for children to try new things, build self-esteem, and increase self-confidence to develop a solid foundation for life-long learning.